L-interFAce by Stanley Ku

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Everyone has seen pictures of the Lexus LF-A, but how many people have seen the gauges of the car? If not, then you are in for a real treat.

Impressed? I certainly am. There are so many things about the LF-A that is so fascinating from a design standpoint. This is just one of them but it is, so far, my favorite part of this car.

Drivers spend most of their time watching two things, the road and the gauge cluster (or at least I hope so). The cluster allows the driver to receive all the crucial information about the behavior of the car. Undoubtedly, it is an important aspect of the car. It would make sense to design a gauge cluster that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. With that in regards, I stronger believe that Lexus has done an exceptional job. This digital display is simply a work of art. It is unlike any other that I have seen. This is light years ahead of the analog gauge clusters that I am accustomed to seeing in my E30 M3.

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Lately, I feel like automakers, especially from Japan, are making a come back with fresh and creative automotive designs. The industry is entering a new echelon of engineering in order to revitalize the market. Who says gauge clusters have to be boring? I hope that one day, that mentality would carry into the design of every aspect of a car. I am excited for the future and the things to come. I hope elements such as this will soon make their way into other production cars, even if it only begins with the gauge cluster.

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SEMA Envy by Stanley Ku

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It is that time of year again when SEMA is taking place in Las Vegas. I have been wanting to go for years now, but have never gotten the chance to. Unfortunately, this is also the time of year when midterms take place for college students like me. The urge to go only gets stronger with every year. Maybe next year will be the year. I sure hope so. On the brighter side of things, at least there will always be an abundance of coverage of the show. I just wanted to share with you guys some pictures that I came across. Here are pictures from “Synth19″ at JDM Chicago.

I am only posting a few random pictures. There are simply too many for me to post onto here and he is adding new pictures as the show progress. Check out the thread here to view all of them. If anyone has come across some worthy pictures, post the link up in the comments. I would love to see them.

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Mad Cow by Stanley Ku

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Confused? So was I when I first saw this car at the local Supercar Sunday meet in Woodland Hills. Honestly, I was fooled and believed it to be a Lambo Murci at first because there was no reason for me to think otherwise. However, as I approached towards the car, the stranger it looked and then it hit me. The car was a fake.

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If it weren’t for all the ugly addictions, especially in the front, it might actually look decent. It’s just a dead giveaway with how it looks right now. If I’m not mistaken, it think the car is for sale. Desperate times call for desperate measures. I’m sure some budget ballers would be interested in it.

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Voltex S2000 Debut by Stanley Ku

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Evasive Motorsports has received it’s first shipment of the newly developed Voltex aero kit for the Honda S2000. I don’t want to say too much on here since you can read all about it and view more pictures on Evasive’s own blog.

I can’t wait until I see the kit on an S2000. Coming from Voltex, there is no doubt that it will be both aggressive and functional. One thing that I do want to discuss is the front bumper. It seems like multi-piece bumpers are becoming more common as we saw from Ben’s recent posts about the Varis and Runduce collaboration for the EVO and STi.

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The Voltex front bumper is a 3-piece design with the core bumper, a lip, and a splitter. I think it is a great design because it allows more greater adaptability. The splitter can be easily removed and mounted when the car is off or on track duty. The lip can be replaced if there was any sort of damage done to it. Accidents are accidents and it is much cheaper to replace a lip than a whole bumper, especially coming from Voltex. I would like to see Voltex develop other lip and splitter combinations for different levels of performance. Some might want a full hardcore track setup with canards while others just want someone more subtle for the street and occasional track outings. With the multi-piece design, switching between different setups will be a breeze.

Another thing worth mentioning, Evasive should be careful in their sales of this kit. The reason why I am saying this is because I would hate to see a replica kit pop up on the market. It doesn’t take much to replicate and if such a thing were to occur, it would definitely be unfair (a huge understatement) for Evasive Motorsports and Voltex.

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Newsletter Sign Up

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You may have noticed that we just added a section to sign up for our newsletter here on the blog (see to the right of the page). I’d encourage you to take part in that!

The newsletter is a monthly newsletter which was previously only available to those who have purchased products with us. Now we’re happy to allow access to the readers of this blog as an opt-in service.

The newsletter, on top of offering special newsletter only deals, is also a carefully selected monthly recap of what is new in the world of JDM tuning. You’ll see industry news, company news, hottest parts of the month for a variety of cars, a few select blog links and of course the special blog only deals.

Sign up and keep in touch with us!

-Ben

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Some More by Stanley Ku

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I was browsing Signal Auto‘s blog and saw some pictures and videos of the white GT-RR demo car being loaded into a transport to make it’s journey back home to New Jersey. I can never get tired of looking at this car. The livery really sets this car apart but unfortunately most of that has been taken off the car now. But it was awesome that I got to see it in person. It was and still is definitely one of the best GT-Rs. I really want a wallpaper for this car. I’m sure pretty much everyone does too.

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The GT-R looks like a 4×4 when it is lifted on the air suspension, doesn’t it?

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Timeless Silhouette by Stanley Ku

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Everyone always speculates how the next generation of cars would look like. But has anyone specifically thought about the future of Porsches? For decades, the flagship of the Porsche fleet, the 911 Carrera has retained the same silhouette as it did when it was first produced in the early ’60s. The shape of the Carrera is instantly recognizable. Each new subsequent generation of Carrera is developed with minor tweaks and adjustments to the original silhouette. The angle of the oval headlights has gotten steeper over the years and the overall couture has gotten smoother. With all the minor changes over the years aside, the overall picture still remains pretty much the same. At the same time, there is no need to mess with perfection. Porsche has refined the Carrera to the elegant and sleek machine that it is today. I am glad that Porsche went back to the traditional oval headlight design for the current 997 as opposed to the oddball Boxster headlight of the 996.

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Will Porsche continue to build off the original 911 design? Will there ever be a totally revamped update of the 911? How will the 998 Carrera look like? What will Porsche name it’s Carrera chassis after 998? The 999? What will happen after the 998/999? A part of me wants to continue to see the evolution of the 911.  At the same time, I want to see Porsche develop a completely new model, not to replace the 911 but to supplement it’s fleet. There are so much uncertainty, all of which will remain a mystery until the future gets here.

What do you guys think?

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